NOC-K appoints Tokyo 2020 chief
The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) Executive Board have approved the appointment of Wangui Kibe as the Tokyo 2020 games Executive Officer and Dr. Carole Akinyi Okoth as the Tokyo 2020 Chief Medical Officer.
Speaking on behalf of the board, Mr. Mutuku said, “NOC-K is in the process of putting in place all systems in preparation of Team Kenya to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The (NOC-K) Executive Board’s main vision for these Games is professional management of Team Kenya.
“All efforts are being made therefore, for timely preparation of all aspects to do with the Games. The most important resource in achieving this vision is experienced, motivated and competent human resources.”
Wangui is currently a Board Member at Kenya Rugby Union (KRU). Beyond serving as a leader of the Federation in charge of Rugby in the country, she brings unique perspectives to this role, having a rich corporate managerial background.
She has previously held managerial positions in sponsorship, Marketing, product development and enterprise marketing at Safaricom PLC and is also an events management guru.
“All National Federations had the chance to nominate qualified candidates, and through a rigorous progress, the Executive Board settled on Kibe.
“In her role, she is responsible for coordinating and aligning the many departments of the Team Kenya preparations, to drive seamless execution of this project,’ said Mutuku.
Dr. Carole Akinyi also takes up her role immediately as the Chief Medical Officer. Her main role will be coordination and delivery of appropriate medical services to the Team Kenya delegation.
With Kenya being on red alert internationally on doping, she will be at the forefront of Coordinating doping matters as set out by IOC/NOC – K Policies and ensuring compliance by all of Team Kenya.
Dr. Carole is a Bachelor of Surgery and Medicine from University of Nairobi and holds a Masters Degree in Internal Medicine from the same University.
She is currently a Physician under the Ministry of Health but has also specialized in cardiovascular evaluation of athletes.
Beyond this, she has a wealth of experience with traveling sports teams having served in previous Games such as ; All African Games, Anoca Youth Games, Africa Beach Games, Davis Cup Africa Zone, Africa Youth Games, Africa Deaf Athletics Championships, Summer Youth
Olympics, Hockey Club Championships among others. She will now devote more time to support the Tokyo 2020 Management team in taking care of athletes’ welfare.
“We are at a critical moment and we need renewed leadership to successfully implement our strategy for Tokyo 2020. Having a team with proven track record of execution and a solid understanding of our environment is of utmost importance.
“NOC-K is committed to a rigorous and objective means to ensure the best team is put in charge of delivering Tokyo 2020,’’ Mutuku added.
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